Combining the historical preservation of one of San Antonio’s most beloved architectural icons with one of the most flexible multipurpose performance halls in the USA, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts embraces the multifaceted cultural identity of the city with a complex tapestry of form, materiality, light and landscape. The new facility provides a diverse architectural experience capable of continuous transformation in response to artistic programming and environmental influences. The architectural form and detailing draw inspiration from the Spanish colonial style, as well as San Antonio’s rich vernacular of color, pattern, and public celebrations. Aspirations for the project were threefold: to create a large, flexible, multiuse performance space; to restore the iconic historical building for future generations; and to create a vibrant connection between the city’s main cultural venue and the River Walk. While retaining the Municipal Auditorium’s treasured historic architecture, the Tobin Center weaves a new 183,000sf facility into its framework of public space – including a 1,768 seat main performance hall and 230 seat studio theater.